Presentation Title

Gun Violence: An Analysis of Public Perception and Experience in the Southeast

Presentation Type

Presentation

Full Name of Faculty Mentor

Sharon Thompson, Health Sciences

Major

Public Health

Presentation Abstract

Gun violence is an underexamined, controversial, and widespread issue that affects millions in the United States every year. Americans are 25 times more likely to die from gun violence than residents of peer nations. Annually, 36,000 deaths are attributed to gun-related incidents, more than 800 of which occur in South Carolina. This 2020 study examined the gun violence beliefs of 1003 participants based on the presence or lack of guns in southeastern households. In order to examine perceptions of gun violence, data were collected regarding public perceptions of appropriate gun use, gun policy opinions, and personal knowledge of gun violence victims. Methods used to obtain data included online and paper-pencil surveys, which were promoted in person and through social media. Further research and education are needed to reduce the prevalence of gun violence and misconceptions. Results will be discussed.

Location

Room 2

Start Date

22-4-2021 1:00 PM

End Date

22-4-2021 1:20 PM

Disciplines

Public Health

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Gun Violence: An Analysis of Public Perception and Experience in the Southeast

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Gun violence is an underexamined, controversial, and widespread issue that affects millions in the United States every year. Americans are 25 times more likely to die from gun violence than residents of peer nations. Annually, 36,000 deaths are attributed to gun-related incidents, more than 800 of which occur in South Carolina. This 2020 study examined the gun violence beliefs of 1003 participants based on the presence or lack of guns in southeastern households. In order to examine perceptions of gun violence, data were collected regarding public perceptions of appropriate gun use, gun policy opinions, and personal knowledge of gun violence victims. Methods used to obtain data included online and paper-pencil surveys, which were promoted in person and through social media. Further research and education are needed to reduce the prevalence of gun violence and misconceptions. Results will be discussed.

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